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I’m worried about having a hysterectomy

Question: I’m really worried about having a hysterectomy.  I don’t know anybody that has had one and am frightened by the thought of having everything removed as I have heard such negative stories.

Answer: Firstly let me reassure you that it is perfectly normal to feel worried, and even frightened by the prospect of a hysterectomy so you are certainly not alone in that.  Secondly, it is important to remember that every woman’s experience of hysterectomy is unique to her and whilst others can give you the benefit of their experience, it is not necessarily going to be the same as yours.  How you experience a hysterectomy will depend on a huge range of factors that may, or may not, be within your control.

To help you feel more confident that you are making the right decision whether to have surgery or not, I would recommend reading as much information as you possibly can from the website and then joining in on the forums where you can talk to other women who are going through exactly the same thing you are right now.

71 thoughts on “I’m worried about having a hysterectomy

  1. im booked in to have a TAH on 13th October im so scared but i know i need it done but at the moment my head is not in the right place as i have just discovered my husband of 27 years is having an affair with his work partner we have been together since we were 16 i need this op but dont know what to do he does not know that i know he is cheating on me im to scared to lose him

    1. Sweetheart, if he’s cheating on you he’s not worth keeping around. Love yourself enough to let him go and take care of you. No man is worth feeling the way he’s making you feel. You deserve honesty. My husband had an emotional affair with a coworker and it wrecked our marriage. I stayed and it was 8 years of torture. Had he actually slept with the woman it would have been worse. My self worth was so low that I actually attempted suicide. Don’t let a man make you feel that worthless. Trust me there are other men in this world that will love you and value you just as you are.

  2. Hi

    I am due to have a hysterectomy in 6 days – been told my fibroid has taken a rapid growth with possible sarcoma. I am 40, 41 in Nov – I have came to terms with the fact that I won’t have children(I don’t have any at present). In 2012 I had a DVT which also resulted in multiple blood clots on my lungs – I have told my surgery will be riskier cause of this – terrified of the surgery and getting another DVT ?

    1. Hi I’m in the same situation. I also had blood clots. How did your surgery turn out. Any clots?

  3. Hi Karen,

    I’m in pretty much the same boat as you although I haven’t had an MRI, due to have my TAH on 1st sept (4 days.. Eek!) due to having 2 Lletz treatments which worked but the bad cells are deeper than they can reach. Was offered cone or hysterectomy and opted for hysterectomy. Feeling very nervous but hopefully it’s the right decision. Good luck x

  4. Hi I’m 45
    I’m having a full hysterectomy on the 8th September due to having canceres cells
    Only found out 2 weeks ago since then I’ve had blood tests scans MRI and it’s all abit fast for me still trying to get my head around it
    Feeling worried about the operation and the after affects.
    Karen x

  5. As of late been reading about hysterectomies as I have struggled since my 20’s with fibroids, heavy periods and lately irregular bleeding which makes me think I am or have developed some sort of cancer. I am 38 was blessed with one angel, I’m constantly crying and trying to make a decision on removing my uterus and be done with it and child bearing. Am I overreacting by seeing all these issues as signs of cancer developing? Did anyone find themselves in the same tormenting fear? Would a hysterectomy help?
    Ale
    Canada

    1. Cancer is pretty rare so it’s entirely possible that this is not the case – however, you need to set your mind at rest by getting checked out.

  6. I am having a total abdominal hysterectomy, removing both overies. I am extremely nervous about the surgery, recovery time, and menopause. Does menopause begin immediately? Is there something prescribed that can greatly assist with the effects of menopause?
    Help please?

    1. The menopause will begin immediately you have your ovaries removed, how quickly you experience symptoms will depend on many factors including your age and fitness levels etc … You will need to speak to your GP about HRT, but if you can’t use that then there are a number of alternatives on the website here: http://www.hysterectomy-association.org.uk/information/hormone-replacement-therapy-hrt-ert/alternatives-to-hrt-dietary-supplements/

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